Friday, December 5, 2014

Bellis moves into quarterfinals at Eddie Herr

   Top-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area defeated wild card Ingrid Neel of Rochester, Minn., 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla.
   Bellis, 15, will meet fifth-seeded Elena Gabriela Ruse, 17, of Romania today. Ruse beat 10th-seeded Anna Blinkova of Russia 6-4, 6-4.
   Meanwhile, Sam Riffice (boys 16s) and Keenan Mayo (boys 14s) of Roseville in the Sacramento region advanced to the doubles semifinals. Riffice is seeded first with Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, Fla., and Mayo is seeded second with Roscoe Bellamy of Pacific Palisades in the Los Angeles area.
   Riffice, also seeded first in singles, is scheduled play eight-seeded Jesus Suarez Rivas of Mexico today in quarterfinals. 
   The Eddie Herr is one of the top junior tournaments in the world. Past competitors include Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Herr, the father of international junior tennis, died in 2000 at 93.    

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